30 Sep 2015
looking closely
a hint of dew
trailing the spider
29 Sep 2015
in the velvety darkness
ensnared by your silver threads
that gossamer touch
28 Sep 2015
glint of silver web
yet another autumn show
by the spider
25 Sep 2015
erratic breathing
the breeze stagnating on me
before I met you
23 Sep 2015
colour baptism
autumn sprays her confetti
in delicate scents
22 Sep 2015
in the clouds
among the luminaries
his footprints
18 Sep 2015
Camelopardalis
romancing the stars
from far away savannahs
16 Sep 2015
endless skies
flight of eagles on
youthful grace
15 Sep 2015
end of summer
all the leaves have come to roost
awaiting autumn
14 Sep 2015
star-gazing
filling yawning void
of lights past
10 Sep 2015
still in the taste of
medicine
grandma’s chicken soup
09 Sep 2015
that faint touch
his lips brushing against mine
warm summer night
08 Sep 2015
how long
to wait for your return
cherry blossoms blooming
07 Sep 2015
shedding tears
with broken branches
first branding
05 Sep 2015
in the rising dawn
concerto of raindrops sings
His hallelujah
04 Sep 2015
noonday heat
a lizard basks
in yesterday’s raindrops
03 Sep 2015
lead kindly light
through the dense darkness
a lone star
02 Sep 2015
bedroom talk
scent of cherry blossoms
fills the gap
01 Sep 2015
full moon
grabbing my last chance
to bask in its glitter

Remember, a haiku is normally formed over 3 lines consisting of 5 / 7 / 5 syllables. Compose your daily haiku in this space then come back and tweak it at any time during the day. Got it, let's get writing!

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What is haikuary?

The term 'haikuary' is a blend of the words 'haiku' and 'diary'. Haiku is a short form of poetry, originating in Japan a few centuries ago.

Haiku normally contain 3 lines totalling 17 syllables, in the order of 5 / 7 / 5

Matsuo Basho, Japan's most famous writer of haiku, will illustrate the form:

Wrapping dumplings in
bamboo leaves, with one finger

she tidies her hair


A simple and beautiful glimpse into a flake of his life.

Here it is again, broken down:

Wrapp-ing dump-lings in (5 syllables)
bam-boo leaves, with one fin-ger
(7 syllables)
she tid-ies her hair
(5 syllables)

Why did I do it?

I was sitting with a friend in a Japanese restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand. Whilst waiting for our food I wrote a haiku on a paper placemat. It was something about noodles jumping into my belly and that we shall be good friends.

My friend suggested that this kind of simple poetry would benefit the children in her class and help them reflect on their day-to-day lives. I agreed and decided to create something online that would enable that, for everyone.

Taking time to reflect on the tiny and often forgotten moments in our daily lives can be cathartic and it's amazing what you can capture when limited to just 17 syllables; it focuses the mind.

But haikuary is not about Poking and 'I Like This!' so feel free to switch on 'private mode' (in your settings area) and keep your writings personal, or share them with the community and inspire others.

Why the invitations?

This was never going to be a giant project, and I wanted to ensure that the people creating their daily haiku were here for the right reason; to take time out, to reflect. I believe that word of mouth, friends inviting friends, tends to be the best way of achieving this.

It also makes it a little special.

And it's yours

Whilst this is a great place to write and centralise your haikuary from anywhere you have an internet connection, you should ideally download your writings as often as possible.

I will do my best to ensure your haikuary entries are safe, but we all know how technology can let us down. Personally, I download my haikuary at least once a week. Go to the menu inside your account (top right hand corner) and select Download as PDF - I have designed it to look like an old book.

Thanks for sharing

I hope you enjoy adding to your haikuary every day. If you think you know someone who may also enjoy taking a small amount of time every day to create their own, send them an invite (it's in the menu at the top right corner, when you're logged in)

If you have any suggestions as to how I could improve things, do get in touch.

in love,
Gavin Bloemen

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Contact

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me,





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